When it comes to canna therapy products, there are a lot of terms that can get thrown around without slowing down to explain what they mean, and that can make the whole world of CBD rather confusing. We’re here to fix that. We at ZAR believe canna therapy (canna therapy being remedies made from the cannabis plant) should be accessible to all who can benefit from it, so we’re happy to help you along your journey to relief from informational exploration to real-life implementation. Let’s start by digging into the difference between CBD and hemp.
To put it simply, hemp is the plant where CBD comes from most frequently. Just about all hemp will have some CBD content, the levels of which can vary depending on the plant’s genetics. In Texas, only CBD derived solely from hemp plants is legal to possess and use.
While we’ve established that CBD comes from hemp, you may have some lingering questions. Where else does CBD come from? Are hemp and weed the same plant? Why is some CBD legal and some CBD isn’t? We’ll walk through the answers to all of these questions and more, so stick around to see what CBD can do for you.
What Is Hemp?
Hemp is the plant from which legal CBD is derived. If we’re talking on the science side of things, hemp is technically the same as a cannabis sativa plant, the very same plant that produces THC (the psychoactive compound of cannabis that makes you feel “high”). But, it’s different on the legal side of things. Texas legislature defines a “hemp plant” as a cannabis plant with a THC content of less than 0.3% Δ9 THC by dry weight.
Basically, hemp plants are cannabis plants that won’t get you “high.” Instead, hemp plants focus on the extensive array of healing properties that can be found in the other, legal cannabinoids. Enter: CBD, one of the many cannabinoids found in hemp. For reference, now that it’s come up twice, cannabinoids are unique compounds found within hemp plants (and more generally cannabis plants), including everything from THC to CBG. You can learn more about those here, but let’s stick to CBD for now.
What Is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is a specific cannabinoid found in hemp plants. CBD can be a great tool to use in your healing journey, and the benefits are plentiful. CBD can provide relief from a whole host of ailments thanks to how it interacts with the endocannabinoid system. Your endocannabinoid system plays an important role in cardiovascular health, immune health, and the regulation of appetite, stress response, and pain. From anxiety and depression to chronic pain and insomnia, CBD can provide you the relief you deserve.
CBD comes in a great variety of forms, too. You may be most familiar with those little vials of CBD oil, but CBD also comes in just about any other form you can imagine. There are CBD gummies, teas, capsules, breathables, and even pet products, all designed to meet you (or your furry friend) where it is most convenient for your needs. If you’re not quite sure how CBD can help you, we can help with that! Schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced and friendly canna therapy experts to uncover everything you need to know to actualize the benefits of this great cannabinoid.
The Difference Between CBD and Hemp
So, we’ve broken into the specifics of what CBD is and what hemp is, but things still might not be clear. Let’s break it down with an analogy. Comparing CBD to hemp is sort of like comparing hash browns to potatoes. Hashbrowns (CBD) are still potatoes (hemp), just a different iteration of them that are easier to consume. You can very well eat a raw potato (hemp flower), but it’s not particularly pleasant. Believe us, you can take our word on that one. But, much like there are plenty of ways to enjoy a potato, there are plenty of ways to enjoy CBD. Whether you prefer edibles, topicals, or tinctures, there’s a CBD product in our store for you. And if you don’t know what any of those are, we’ve got you covered.
What Else Is In Hemp?
Being that CBD is just a small part of hemp, it’s worth noting that hemp is composed of many other compounds. Hemp is limited in the amount of Δ9 THC it can have, but there aren’t limitations on the 100+ other cannabinoids, each of which has its own effects and benefits. For a CBD product that is accompanied by additional cannabinoids, consider a full-spectrum CBD. We happily discuss full-spectrum versus broad-spectrum versus isolate CBD in our blog if you’re the inquisitive type.
Another popular cannabinoid that can be sourced from hemp is delta 8 THC. Delta 8 (Δ8 THC) is unique being that it is a hemp-derived cannabinoid that can still yield psychoactive effects, meaning it can cause you to feel “high.” It is naturally present in hemp in low concentrations, but CBD can be transformed into Δ8 THC to make more effective use of the hemp plant yield (and keep it affordable). Learn more about delta 8 THC and all of the other fascinating cannabinoids found in hemp with a free consultation. You might even be interested to learn about the products in our store with delta 9 THC. We’re as eager to help you along your path as you are to find a remedy to whatever ails you, so let’s start a conversation.
What Else Is Hemp Used For?
Hemp is a genuinely remarkable plant, and while we at ZAR focus on the medicinal benefits it and CBD can provide, you’ve likely heard about hemp in plenty of other contexts. In short, the very same hemp plant that flowers and produces CBD-rich buds can also be used to produce fibrous materials like rope, paper, and fabrics. Being that just about the entire plant can be used in one way or another, it’s even greener than you can imagine.
What’s the Difference Between Hemp CBD and Cannabis CBD?
To be brief, legality. There are no chemical differences between hemp CBD and cannabis CBD, only differences in from where they are sourced. Either way, As we covered earlier, hemp is simply a distinction given to cannabis sativa plants that are considered legal under Texas state law. As a result, anything that’s made from hemp plants (i.e. hemp CBD) is also legal in the state of Texas (with the current legislature; see our explanation here). CBD can also be derived from cannabis plants that have a significant THC content, but since those plants aren’t legal in Texas, neither are its derivatives.
The legal differences can be complicated, so we at ZAR are here to simplify things. Everything in our store is legal for purchase in Texas, so you can shop worry-free! If you have any further questions about CBD or hemp in general, feel free to contact one of our canna therapy experts today for the answers to all of your questions.
ZAR Is Your Local CBD Destination
Whether you’re local to Texas and can visit one of our physical locations or you live elsewhere in the U.S., we at ZAR are proud to present you with an array of canna therapy products and the expertise of our canna therapy experts. We ship our products nationwide, too, extending relief to your doorstep with a few simple clicks. If you’d like more information about us or you’d like to learn more about how CBD products can help you, don’t hesitate to contact us today.